AWC football forfeits 5 games due to missing transfer waivers
Story by 13 On Your Side Newsroom
YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) - Arizona Western College will forfeit five games as a penalty, due to two football players' transfer waivers that were not received.
However, the team will still be eligible for the Fisher Automotive El Toro Bowl.
AWC's Athletic Department says the two players were eligible to play by all other criteria.
The department turned in missing paperwork as soon as they became aware of the problem.
The college says they take full responsibility for the issue.
"The blame is ours," said Athletic Director Jerry Smith, in a press release. "We are heartsick that our mistake alters the record of our hardworking students."
Smith requested that Arizona Western College be granted a waiver to play in the Fisher Automotive El Toro Bowl this December, though the Matadors will finish the season shy of the sixth win required to compete in a bowl game even if they win their remaining playoff games.
The National Junior College Athletic Association granted the waiver and will allow the AWC football team to be eligible to play.
The Caballeros de Yuma will announce the Fisher Automotive El Toro Bowl lineup no later than November 12.
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